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    Removed lacquer on Takeda kurouchi nakiri. Re-lacquer?

    Lightly wiped the lacquer off with some acetone, now I've just read its best to leave it on takeda knives. Ugh. I've used the knife some since then and it doesn't appear to be rusting. Should I be concerned? Is it possible to re-lacquer and what lacquer is used?

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    the lacquer they use in Japan should always be removed prior to use... it is not meant to be left on

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    Thanks,Jon. This is what I found, from Dave M: http://knifeforums.com/forums/showpo...?post/2036696/

    He says leave the lacquer on takeda with kurouchi. Opinions seem to vary a lot, tho.

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    every craftsman in japan will tell you to remove it

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    I always tell people to strip the lacquer from their knives before use and that's because if you don't then you'll get little bits of lacquer coming off in use and then the patina becomes all ugly and sometimes you even get rust from moisture getting under the remaining loose bits on the blade.

    Having said all that, I have an exception for Takedas.

    The Takeda lacquer is different in that they apply it thick and it seems to stay put yet if removed the kurouchi easily peels and falls off in bits and then the iron cladding rusts. Now that they're using stainless steel cladding I can't say what I'd do or recommend.

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    I've never had Takeda korouchi finish peel, and I always took the lacquer off...

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    wait, so are you guys saying that kurouchi finish should be removed on for example a shigefusa? not needed for protection?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ramenlegend View Post
    wait, so are you guys saying that kurouchi finish should be removed on for example a shigefusa? not needed for protection?
    Absolutely not. This thread is about lacquer applied to the blades.

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    roger that

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    And what's the best way to remove the lacquer on a Takeda? Acetone? Lighter fuel? Isoprophyl?

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